Getting ‘beyond the temples’ means leaving behind the central temples of Angkor, such as Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. However, there are some spectacular less-visited temples in the more remote districts of Siem Reap and these are well worth combining with community-based tourism experiences such as homestays and handicrafts. Highlights includes beautiful Banteay Srei, the pyramid temple of Bakong, the jungle temple of Beng Mealea and the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen.
The ‘Jewel of Angkor’, this petite temples is home to the most beautiful carvings found anywhere in the Khmer empire.
Dating from the same period as Angkor Wat, this is a thoughtfully restored 12th century temple.
Home to the River of a Thousand Lingas, this is the chance for a beautiful jungle trek to this sacred site that includes Hindu deities carved into the river bed.
This hilltop temple offers some of the best views over the lowland paddy fields of rural Cambodia on a clear day.
The ultimate Indiana Jones experience, this huge temple is built to the same floor plan as Angkor Wat, but is subsumed by jungle.
The holy mountain is home to the lost city of Mahendraparvata and host of ancient early Angkorian temples. Famous for the River of a Thousand Lingas and a stunning waterfall.